Today, Skillveri is four years old. We take a moment to look back at the distance we have come, and more importantly, the path ahead.
We have certainly grown a lot from where have started – As a product, the Aura Welding Simulator has evolved way past its nascent stages. It is now successfully used in so many esteemed institutions and industries all over the country. As a Team, we have expanded, having people with diverse skillsets, representing us across many locations.
Growth always brings along with it change. Skillveri is all set to see major changes in the coming months – both in our product, and in our company on the whole. As an important step in these changes, we are happy to announce that we are doing a major rebranding.
Skillveri’s company logo has undergone a complete revamp and comes with a fresh new look – yet retaining our core philosophy of a soaring spirit, and helping people develop the skills needed for their careers and lives to take wing.
We will be rolling out the new logo across our website, social media channels, and all official communication, starting today. We hope you like it, and continue to show your support as you always have – we have many more goals to score and miles to go in our journey ahead.
The year began on a good note for Team Skillveri !
We had the opportunity of demonstrating the Aura Welding Simulator to the Hon.Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ms.Vasundhara Raje. We are honoured that Ms. Raje took the time amidst her busy schedule to try out the simulator herself.
As the demand for welding skills is growing exponentially in sectors like manufacturing and automobiles, we hope that the youth of Rajasthan soon get to benefit from using modern technology for skill development.
Demo of Aura Welding Simulator to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ms. Vasundhara Raje.
Demo by Skillveri to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ms. Vasundhara Raje.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ms. Vasundhara Raje tries out the AURA MIG Welding Simulator.
The demo of the AURA Welding Simulator to the CM was also covered in the country’s leading Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar.
Coverage of Skillveri Demo to Rajasthan CM in Dhainik Bhaskar
The more I attend seminars and gatherings related to welding, the more I get the feeling that welding is at the risk of going the Sanskrit way – a scenario where there are far more number of scholars than speakers.
This is not to diminish the contribution of scholarly and academic work to the field of welding. To increase the impact of these scholarly works, we need to ensure that there are enough practitioners of welding out there who would benefit from the scholarly work.
At the moment, there is a huge shortage of actual welders. Something has to be done on a war-footing to address this, including usage of simulators, and running awareness campaigns on welding as a career option. Last but not least, all of us need to work towards eliminating the stigma normally associated with work done with hands.
Skillveri’s most recent installation has also been our easternmost one in the country so far ! Our Aura MIG Welding Simulator has been installed in Digboi, Assam, where our team had been to earlier this week, working in association with LabourNet India.
We’re very happy that Shri Rameswar Teli, MP from Assam, inaugurated and tried out Aura !
Here are some images sent in by our team from Digboi, Assam –
Shri Rameshwar Teli, MP from Assam, viewing AURA MIG Welding Simulators at the inauguration at Digboi, Assam.
Shri Rameswar Teli, MP from Digboi, Assam viewing Skillveri’s AURA along with officials from CII & IOCL.
Skillveri participated in the Rural Education, Vocational Training & Micro Entrepreneurship Expo on August 12th & 13th 2014. Our stall held demos of the AURA MIG Welding Simulator, which drew lots of enthusiastic crowds. It was heartening to see the eagerness shown by the youngsters to learn more about welding, as the potential demand for such vocational skills is expected to grow manifold in the years to come.
The event was organised by Puthiya Thalaimurai Foundation, an NGO working for youth development and rural education. It was held at the Government ITI Campus, Guindy, Chennai on Aug12&13th.
Here are a couple of images from the event –
The Skillveri stall at the Rural Education and Vocational Training Expo organised by Puthiya Thalaimurai Foundation
A section of the crowd checking out the AURA MIG Welding Simulator by Skillveri !
Today’s Economic Times covered Skillveri in a full page special feature on Social Entrepreneurs titled “Where are the entrepreneurs?” Attaching a summary image of the coverage with this post.
Skillveri’s Coverage in Economic Times, 15 May 2014
Good to see RTBI’s Director Suma Prashant, and Villgro CEO Paul Pasil among many known entrepreneurs mentioned in the article.
“Engineers do not need to be hands-on, they work at supervisory levels” is soon turning out to be a myth, especially with the manufacturing and production industries. When companies from Automotive/Manufacturing are going to engineering college campuses for placements, they are increasingly looking at engineers who are hands-on.
For example, many of these companies are now asking for familiarity with welding processes and quality issues, when hiring from the mechanical / production / automotive / industrial streams. With quality becoming an important differentiation for companies vying for the global market, the engineers recruited to be in charge of manufacturing shop floors are expected to identify not just the defects, but also understand the root cause and then recommend/demonstrate a solution.
Though most engineering colleges have a mechanical workshop/lab course on welding, the syllabus is so outrageously outdated that no industry worth its name finds the knowledge useful. It is in such scenarios that welding simulators like Skillveri AURA can be extremely useful to bridge the gap between syllabus and what industry wants.
Some of the reputed engineering colleges have already started reaping the benefits during the placement season.
“Don’t practice till you can get it right
Practice till you can’t get it wrong” – Anonymous
This quote is particularly true for hands-on vocational skills. The more you practice, the better skilled you become. Keeping this in context, just take a look at a page in the Welder Trade Theory textbook:
A page from the textbook “Welder Trade Theory”
This is where simulators like AURA bring about a paradigm shift. Since the cost of incremental practice is close to zero you can indeed practice till you can’t get it wrong.
Hearty Congratulations to L.Kannan on being chosen for the Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2014, from the entire Skillveri Team !
Skillveri founder L.Kannan is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras. He has been chosen to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award this year from his alma mater.
The awardees are chosen from among alumni who have made the institute proud with their outstanding achievements, and we are extremely happy and proud that Kannan is among those chosen by IIT Madras for the year 2014. The award is expected to be given as part of the Institute Day in April 2014.
Skillveri founder L.Kannan is chosen for the Distinguished Alumnus Award by IIT-M for 2014
Find the list of other awardees here .
Do join us in congratulating Kannan by leaving your message here in the comments or on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.
It is that time of the year which makes us contemplate on what has gone by, and look forward to what is coming.
2013, at Skillveri, has been an important year – we are seeing our product grow, and our team grow, as we continue our aspirations to soar high.
The close of the year has been bringing good tidings, and we are so glad to be beginning 2014 on a positive note, with our fingers crossed for much more to come.
Do stay connected with us, here, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin – We’ll be sharing all the exciting updates with you !
Wishes from the Skillveri Team for a Happy & Successful 2014 – Have a great year ahead, everyone !